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Man sentenced in fatal car crash

A Sheraden man was sentenced to seven years’ probation after his no-contest plea Wednesday to vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his pregnant wife in a crash on Route 28 on the North Side.

Jerome Yancey’s sister and the grandmother and cousin of his late wife, Penny, 25, spoke of his remorse and asked the court for leniency.

Catherine Smith, Penny’s grandmother, said the Yanceys were ‘a loving couple.’ She said that Jerome Yancey, 27, has been a good father. He has taken his daughter, 2, who was injured in the crash, to rehabilitation each day, and has cared for his other daughter, Smith said.

Assistant Public Defender Sumner Parker said Yancey has shown great remorse over the accident. Yancey did not speak before the sentence was imposed.

Yancey, who has no prior criminal record, has been under house arrest since March and spent another month in jail.

‘There is no prison I could put you in that would be harsher than the one you’ve placed yourself in,’ Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman told Yancey.

Assistant District Attorney Bruce Beemer said Yancey was traveling at a high rate of speed outbound on Route 28 on Nov. 9, 1999, when he came upon traffic stopped for a light at the 31st Street Bridge.

The car crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck broadside by a pickup truck, Beemer said. An accident reconstruction specialist determined from 244 feet of skid marks and the crash damage on the vehicles that Yancey was traveling at least 87 mph in a 35 mph zone, he said.

Penny Yancey died of injuries to her head and trunk, and the fetus she was carrying died from blunt force injuries to the mother’s abdomen, Beemer said.

In addition to involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide, Yancey pleaded guilty to being involved in an accident with death or serious injuries, seven counts of reckless endangerment, several summary traffic offenses and driving while his operator’s license had been suspended.

Cashman ordered that Yancey continue psychiatric treatment during his probation.

Robert Baird can be reached at (412) 391-8650.


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